Abstract Workshops Available

Discover more of your unique artistic voice

Adventures in Abstraction in Pastel

This is an exercise driven workshop covering the essential elements of effective design, and the different types of abstraction in the full range from representational to non-objective art. Abstract painting in pastel is a completely different experience than with other media. This class will challenge you to understand and progress in making good abstract art, setting you free to enjoy the process. Two, three, or four day options are available.

Adventures in Abstraction in Acrylic/Collage

These are hands-on, technique driven workshops. They emphasize layering and composition, and can include the use of hand-made acrylic papers with some mixed-media and printmaking involved. Two, three, or four day options are available. A further option is to do these classes in black and white.

The Abstracted Landscape in Plein Air

Loosen up your plein air painting and learn to see the landscape more abstractly (any media). One to five day options available.

Painting Meditations

Painting through guided meditations, you’ll learn to trust the unfolding process and have effective conversations both within your head and with the painting in front of you. In order to paint with your own authentic voice, refining these conversations is essential. These mediations can be done in any media in a full day workshop, or added as a short exercise to any other workshop.

Workshops available for adults and/or teens.
For all ability levels from beginner to professional.

Contact me to book a workshop

Upcoming Workshops

Introduction to Making Abstract Art for Teens and Adults

Hosted by Ridgebury Congregational Church on Saturday, March 21, 2020     9am – 4am

in Shield’s Hall 605 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877

(bring a bag lunch) $100 plus optional $25 materials fee.

This class will be an exploratory teaser course, with a possibility for a full workshop series on the whole range of abstraction, later in the year. In this class, we’ll dive into abstraction with acrylic paint and handmade collage papers. The emphasis will be on self-expression, voice, composition, elements of style, originality, individuality, and authenticity. An adventurous, respectful attitude is expected. Complete beginners as well as experienced artists can all be blessed by this process of discovery. Bring your own materials, or for an extra $25, materials for the day will be provided.

To register, send a check to the church, or call them at 203-748-2806


Connecticut Pastel Society is hosting Adventures in Abstraction Part 2 on April 18 & 19, 2020 in Southington, Connecticut. (Part I was so well received they want more– but newcomers can jump right in too!) I hope you can join us. To register on the CPS website, click here.


Glastonbury Arts is hosting a one day Adventures in Abstraction in Pastel workshop

on May 9, 2020 from 9:30am-4pm at 1396 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury, CT.

This is an exercise driven workshop covering the essentcial elements of effective design and the different types of abstraction.This class will challenge you to understand what makes good abstract art, setting you free to enjoy the process.

Contact Glastonbury Arts to register 

A Plein Air Workshop may run in 2021 in the Pyrenees in Spain. I need three to sign up and pay to secure a date. Price including one week lodging, breakfast and dinner daily, two cooking classes, guided hikes, and my workshop is $1700. I’d love to spend some time painting in the mountains with you. If you are interested, help me secure this opportunity! This place comes well recommended by repeat visitors. Check out the accommodations here. 

Photos and Workshop Reviews

Polly was awesome! I’d love to take another one of her classes. This workshop went above and beyond my expectations. It was a great combination of lecture, production, and discussion.”

Rossella Pulit


This workshop will stay with me forever.  I have a new understanding. I wish it was longer.” 

Laura Kinlock

 I give this workshop an A+. I loved being pushed out of my comfort zone. I feel empowered.”   

Sue Bosworth


“I started abstract painting a year ago and Polly has me even more motivated to continue on the abstract path. What I enjoyed most was Polly’s enthusiasm and painting knowledge as well as meeting fellow artists. I’d love to take another one of her workshops. 

Lin Gotta


 “I so enjoyed my time in your workshop. You were clear in your instruction, extremely well prepared and showed just the right amount of leadership strength. You empowered our freedom. As I continue to explore and investigate abstraction and figure out how to find my own voice, I will keep your exercises whispering in my mind.”  


“Your workshop was terrific for my art and soul. The critiques were wonderful. Polly has a great way of making people feel comfortable when discussing the art work pros and cons. I really enjoyed this class and it came at an important time for me in my life.”   

Kate Henderson

“Very good workshop revisiting fundamentals as well as looking at abstract techniques. Polly provided good feedback and gave positive reinforcement, inspiring creativity in painting.”

“Excellent! Everything about this workshop surpassed my expectations. It was very freeing! Polly was wonderful, the right balance of working hard and staying focused with no fear.”


“Thank you again for the wonderful workshop you gave this weekend. I just want you to know that I think you are a fabulous teacher! Your presentations were very organized and interesting. You kept us focused and motivated, while providing a safe, warm, and encouraging environment for exploration. I feel energized and look forward to developing abstraction in my work. I would love to attend your other workshops.”     

Sharon Kehmna

Jump-start and revolutionize your whole art practice!

You’ll work hard and have fun doing it.

Contact me here with any questions about attending or hosting a workshop.

I look forward to working with you.